By: Sawyer Rosenstein | WCTV Eyewitness News
November 20, 2017
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- The FAMU Marching 100 debuted their first new uniforms in nearly 15 years at the Florida Classic on Saturday.
The uniforms, along with new instruments and a trailer to carry band equipment, were provided thanks to over $500,000 in donations. The orange, green and black outfits began with a donation from FAMU alumni Bernard and Shirley Kinsey who put in $250,000. That was quickly matched by the Office of Academic Affairs.
"Now, with the new uniforms, begins a new era," Band President Justin Fitzpatrick said. "It will be exciting to see where the program goes from here."
More than 300 uniforms were custom designed for all 241 band members, including special uniforms for the drum majors and flag corps. The uniforms also include a patch on the cuffs of the original Rattler mascot the band has used sinice 1972.
The uniforms, along with the band, will be in the national spotlight when the Marching 100 take part in the 2019 Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, Ca.